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Students get medical help with annual back-to-school health fairs

Each year, the City of Milwaukee Health Department and partners welcome thousands to the annual Back-to-School Health Fairs for free school-required immunizations, as well as health screenings and services.

The 17th annual Back-to-School Health Fairs will be held on August 4 and 11, offering such health services as blood lead tests, vision screenings, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, along with health care information and local resources.

“Our annual Back-to-School Health Fairs offer families an opportunity to get their children ready for a healthy school year,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “We are thankful to our generous sponsors for their support and to all the organizations providing services and resources at the events.”

Services at each fair include school-required vaccinations for children without private insurance as well as lead testing, vision screenings, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, and more, including back-to-school haircuts.

“Each year we serve thousands of attendees at our annual Back-to-School Health Fairs,” said Commissioner of Health Bevan K. Baker. “Ensuring that families have access to required vaccinations and important health screenings is essential to keeping schools and our community healthy year-round.”

The health fairs are presented by the City of Milwaukee Health Department and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Children’s Community Health Plan, and Molina Healthcare. Community partners include Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, MHS Health Wisconsin, Independent Care Health Plan, and Milwaukee Urban League.

Dates and Locations:

Friday, August 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
North Division High School, 1011 W. Center Street

Friday, August 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hayes Bilingual School, 971 W. Windlake Avenue

Free backpacks and school supplies will be provided to children with an up-to-date shot record, or those who receive vaccinations and lead testing at the fairs. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive gifts and services.

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